tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC March 10, 2017 12:37am-1:38am PST
[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> fred: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night," with seth meyers. tonight, allison williams. comedians, paul scheer and rob huebel. author, paul beatty. featuring the 8g band with andres forero. [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening. i'm seth meyers, this is "late night." how is everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ]
♪ [ applause ] >> seth: hey, what are you doing? [ laughter ] as i understand it you were elected to bring jobs back to the u.s. now, you don't want to let transgender kids use the bathroom of the gender they identify with? do you think that's why the auto industry went to mexico? for the bathrooms? [ laughter ] first, you demonize muslims, then immigrants and now the transgender community. hey, just because you want to bring back coal mining, doesn't mean you have to bring back everything from the 1800s. [ cheers and applause ] and hey, during the election, you told the lgbt community and i quote, i will fight for you. did you not mean to include the word, "for?" [ laughter ] there's apparently -- [ cheers and applause ] there's apparently this fear
that transgender kids are using it as a ruse to sneak into restrooms and grab people by the genitals but if you're looking for the kind of person who would do that, you need to look no further than the oval office. [ cheers and applause ] he's right there. and hey, melania, i know you wanted to work on an anti-bullying campaign, and now i know where you can start. this has been, "hey." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] now, let's get to the news. the annual conservative political action conference began today. here are some of the headliners. it's basically the nation's largest gathering of before pictures. [ laughter ] a new poll has found that despite president trump's claims, only 24% of people see his white house as a finely tuned machine. well, it may not be finally tuned but it is well oiled. [ laughter ]
how are you going to do your hair today? i'm going to put oil in it. cool, i'll do it, too. we'll be hair twins. dude, are you surprised dad's president? yeah. [ laughter ] white house press secretary, sean spicer, yesterday denied that the administration's order revoking lgbt protections sparked a disagreement between attorney general, jeff sessions and education's secretary, betsy devos. spicer also denied that he got his job after putting a quarter in a machine and whispering, "i wish i were big." [ laughter ] a new report projects that by 20/20 the legal marijuana industry will create more than a quarter of a million jobs for people to be late to. [ laughter ] and finally, chlamydia has reportedly become a major threat amongst australia's koala populations. scientists first became aware of the problem after receiving a
late night text. [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a great show for you tonight. [ cheers and applause ] she stars in the incredible new film, "get out," you know her from, "girls," our friend, allison williams is back on the show. [ cheers and applause ] and that film -- her film is fantastic. very excited to talk to her about that. from the new web series "drive share" on go90 comedians, paul scheer and rob huebel are on the show. [ cheers and applause ] very good friends of mine. i'm so excited they're here. and author of the new comic novel "the sell out" paul beatty is here, everybody. it's a fantastic book. award-winning book. before we get to all that good stuff, donald trump has spent a lot of time as president golfing and tweeting. meanwhile, republican members of congress are in their home district facing down constituents angry over trump and the gop's agenda. for more on this, it's time for, "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: trump has spent a lot of time in his first month in
office down at his private club in florida, mar-a-lago, away from washington and when he is at the white house, he always seems a little uncomfortable like today, when he held a round table meeting with business leaders and the ceo of the campbell's soup company, introduced herself to trump. >> thank you, mr. president. denise morrison from campbell's soup company. >> good soup. [ laughter ] >> seth: he talks to ceos the way i awkwardly talk to my aunt. "good soup. nice weather we're having." meanwhile, members of congress are in their home districts right now meeting with constituents and look, it's not easy being a member of congress these days, facing down angry voters at rowdy town halls, standing under those hot lights, getting yelled at by your constituents. i'm sure they'd love to get out of there and just relax for awhile like this guy. >> as president, donald trump's visited two florida golf courses he owns near mar-a-lago. nearly every weekend since taking office, playing six times so far. >> seth: you played golf six
times in one month? are you the president of the united states or a san diego dentist? [ laughter ] now, some of you might be saying but he criticized obama for golfing, what about that? well, you are forgetting that when it comes to being a hypocrite, donald trump has a zero handicap. [ laughter ] he's the tiger woods of hypocrisy. [ cheers and applause ] now, most people, myself included, probably don't care that trump is golfing. but obviously he's a little embarrassed because the president's team has gone to great lengths to hide the fact that he's been playing golf from the public. on sunday for example, the white house claimed the president would spend the day in meetings but then a professional golfer blew trump's cover. >> just this past sunday, the president teed it up with professional golfer, rory mcilroy, at trump international. the golf blog, "no laying it up," posted this picture from clear sports of mcilroy with the president at and their foursome at trump international golf course.
a white house spokeswoman told reporters sunday that the president played a couple of holes. then, after learning that mcilroy had shared the president played 18, the spokeswoman explained the president intended to play a few holes and decided to play longer. >> seth: no one plays a few holes of golf. [ laughter ] anyone up for four holes? the only person i ever met who only played a few holes of golf is me, after my dad shanked one and yelled mother [ bleep ] so loud birds flew out of a tree. [ laughter ] i'm going -- i'm going to go back to the clubhouse. in fact, trump's team has been so shady about his golf playing, they won't even let reporters watch or tell the press who he's playing with. >> his golf game seems to be a cloak and dagger operation. unlike trump's team, obama's aids allowed cameras to show him to on the links and told reporters who he played with. >> seth: to be fair, if this is how you looked when you played golf, you'd ditch the cameras,
too. [ laughter ] but trump isn't just spending his time as president golfing, he's also tweeting. in fact, trump tweets so much his team has to look for ways to keep him from doing it. in a "politico" article yesterday, former trump campaign staff has revealed the techniques they use to manage trump's mood and keep him from firing off angry tweets. for example, trump's staffer said it's important to show trump deference and offer him praise and respect as that will lead him to more often listen. leaving him alone for several hours can prove damaging because he consumes too much television and gripes to people outside the white house. also, if you let him eat after midnight, he turns into a gremlin. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] a lot of things to keep straight. so while trump is tweeting and hitting the links, republican members of congress are in their home districts, dealing with constituents who are angry about trumps first month in office. voters are especially angry about the gop's plan to repeal obamacare. even in deep red states like kentucky. watch a constituent confront senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell, over the possibility that coal miners
could lose their health insurance. >> last i heard, these coal jobs are not coming back and now these people don't have the insurance they need because they're poor. and they worked those coal mines and they are sick, the veterans are sick, the veterans are broken down. they're not getting what they need. if you could answer any of that, i'll sit down and shut up like elizabeth warren. [ audience oohs ] >> seth: look at mitch mcconnell. [ light laughter ] even the memory of telling elizabeth warren to sit down brings a smile to his face. "oh, yeah, i feed off your anger. yeah, your rage makes me smile." [ light laughter ] and it's not just kentucky, louisiana for example senator, bill cassidy, tried to explain his opposition to obamacare but voters shouted him down, demanding that he answer their questions. >> louisiana gop senator, bill cassidy, just wrapped up a very contentious town hall. in fact, cassidy was forced to abandon his powerpoint presentation on the republican's
plan to replace obamacare when the angry crowd shouted him down and literally turned their backs on him. >> seth: to be fair, who hasn't wanted to turn their backs on a powerpoint presentation? [ laughter ] today we'll be looking at quarterly sales goals. no! no! do it a different way! [ laughter and applause ] voters in red states are even getting sassy with their senators at a town hall this week in iowa. for example, senator, chuck grassly, was offered a gift from a 62-year-old democratic pig farmer named chris peterson, a bottle of tums. peterson told grassly, you're going to need them over the next few years. we're all going to need tums as i'm pretty sure it's the closest thing republicans haves for a replacement to obamacare. [ laughter ] with tums and advil care you get to choose your own healthcare. tums or advil. [ laughter ] but no one got more of an earful than arkansas senator, tom cotton, who faced down an auditorium full of hundreds of angry voters who spent hours grilling him.
>> we are concerned because it appears that this administration is trampling our constitutional rights. [ cheers and applause ] >> i would like everyone who is affected by the affordable care act and affected by health care to stand up. [ cheers ] [ chanting ] >> tax returns. tax returns. tax returns. >> seth: yeah, show us the tax returns and also, don't you own an iron? [ laughter ] he looks like a kid in a school play whose performance was so bad, they called him back out on stage by himself so everyone could boo him. you suck tin man! give that heart back! [ laughter ] in fact, gop town halls have gotten so rowdy that even just mentioning the name of the vice president will earn you a deafening round of boos.
as utah congressman, jason chaffetz, found out in his town hall earlier this month. >> mike pence is like the most descent human being -- [ booing ] >> seth: you got to give it to mike pence. he's the only guy who could get booed at a broadway musical in manhattan, a town hall in utah, and a minor league baseball game in his home state of indiana. >> indiana governor, mike pence. [ booing ] >> boo! boo! [ bleep ]. boo! you suck! [ laughter ] >> seth: mike pence gets booed more than kids boo the witch in a puppet show. [ light laughter ] now, chaffetz spent the entire town hall dealing with constituents who are concerned about repealing obamacare and also, the general feeling of chaos and turmoil, on the trump administration. a feeling best summed up by this retired teacher. >> i'm a retired teacher and i taught for 35 years in salt lake. and i rarely had a discipline problem because i laid out my expectations very clearly, and i
laid out the consequences. but once in a while at the beginning of the year after just two or three weeks, i could look at a kid and think, you're going to be a problem. it's been two or three weeks. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: i guess when you live in utah, the lake makes you salty. [ laughter ] by the way, it's not just republicans who are facing town hall protests, moderate democrats are also preparing for protests at their own town halls from constituents demanding they stand up to trump. but rather than respond to those voters' concerns, democrats are apparently asking bernie sanders for help. according to "the washington post," democrats are asking sanders to reach out and urge activists to redirect their anger at republicans instead of at moderate democratic lawmakers. it's so sad how establishment democrats have to beg bernie sanders to calm down progressive activists. like he's some kind of activists
whisperer. [ light laughter ] although, he'd be better at that than horse whisperer. "jump over the fence! come on horsey! don't be nervous!" [ laughter ] look, trump and republicans in congress are facing a massive backlash over their plan to repeal obamacare because they have nothing better to offer. in fact, if you get sick right now, the republican prescription for you is basically just this. >> good soup. [ laughter ] >> seth: this has been a closer look. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] we'll be right back with our friend allison williams, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ hey, bud. you need some help? no, i'm good. come on, moe. i have to go.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. please give it up for the 8g band right over there. [ cheers and applause ] also, all this week we've been lucky enough to have the drummer who performs nightly at the richard rogers theatre on the broadway smash "hamilton: an american musical." and he recorded with the band phish on their brand new album, "big boat." andres forero, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. >> seth: thank you so much so much for a fantastic week. >> thank you so much. it's been an honor. >> seth: our first guest is currently starring as marnie michaels on the sixth and final season of "girls." you can see her in the new film, "get out," which opens in theaters everywhere tomorrow. let's take a look.
>> this is neilson and aleesa. >> hey, how are you doing? >> so, how handsome is he? >> are you handsome? i barely even -- >> okay. >> oh. >> not bad. hey, neilson. so, is it true? is it better? >> oh, wow. >> wow. >> seth: please welcome to the show allison williams, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: hi. >> hi. >> seth: i want to talk about this incredible movie because it really is incredible -- >> thank you. >> seth: but i wanted to bring up a photo first, "girls" premiere. "girls" premiere. you went to the "girls"
premiere. >> i went to the "girls" premiere. >> seth: and here is a photo. >> part of what they expect from me. >> seth: of course, and this is really great because it's a picture of -- it says right here, allison williams. that's you. brian williams, that's your dad. ricky van veen, your husband, but there is a problem. >> yes, because that's my brother douglas williams. >> seth: okay. [ light laughter ] so again -- >> and this happens 100% of the time. >> seth: so -- >> and directly before this photo was taken, we all said in unison, this is doug williams, not ricky van veen. this is my brother, not my husband. and the photographers all said, "that's not our job." [ laughter ] >> seth: now, i do want to, like, back them up because it's not like it's crazy. >> okay. >> seth: because you're -- >> that's douglas. and moxie. >> seth: okay. >> i mean, come on. look at that smile. [ audience aws ] >> seth: but then, that's your husband. [ laughter ] and for anybody who's like, "that's the same dude," we have proof they're different because here's a picture of them together. [ laughter ] >> no, this is a face swap. >> seth: okay, that's a face swap? >> yeah. [ laughter ]
but -- >> seth: but it's the same face. >> this is my brother with my husband's face -- >> seth: okay. >> which is slightly more tan. >> seth: yeah. >> honestly, both of them look great. >> seth: yeah. >> this is my brother's face on ricky's head -- >> seth: got you. >> and my face just in awe and terror. [ laughter ] >> seth: that would be -- yeah. i think if that walked in you would have every right to say, "i don't know which is which, you guys. i got to sort this out." >> yes, this is really a problem. that could go really bad really quickly. but ricky loves it because he gets credit for doing -- like, he hates carpets. >> seth: oh, right. >> so he loves that he gets credit. >> seth: oh, so he doesn't have to walk the red carpet but then -- >> yeah, because he is walking the red carpet -- >> seth: yeah. >> just in my brother's body. >> seth: right? [ light laughter ] right, your brother is basically his stand-in. that's really lovely. >> yeah, it's nice. we keep it in the family. >> seth: that's very nice. so this movie, first of all, i want to point out, 100% on rotten tomatoes. >> yeah, and there's been 90-something reviews. >> seth: that's awesome. >> it's really weird. >> seth: and it's really great, and it's a -- >> wow. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] and i just found out that we are officially certified fresh on
rotten tomatoes. >> seth: oh, that's a big deal to be certified fresh. >> just real honor for food or for a movie. >> seth: for a movie. [ light laughter ] >> yeah. >> seth: this is a -- it's a horror movie. >> yes. >> seth: it's very -- there are parts that are very funny. >> yeah. >> seth: it talks about the issues of race in a way that i've never seen, not even just horror movies, but many movies talk about. >> yeah. >> seth: have you been going to screenings. have you watched audiences respond to it in real time? >> yeah, i have, and it is one of the best movie-going experiences i've ever had, aside -- even forget i'm in it because i have to, to survive it. sitting in the audience, it's like there are cheers, people applaud, people yell things in unison at the screen. it is a very active audience environment, and it's so much fun. in fact, the last screening i went to, i left to go to the bathroom. and i was waiting to come back in, and i knew it was in the movie based on what the audience was doing vocally. >> seth: oh, that's fantastic. >> yeah, so i was able to time it. i was like, "oh, that just happened. okay, i can go back in now."
>> seth: there are so many spoilers and twists in the film. is it somewhat frustrating that it basically all you can tell an audience right now -- >> somewhat. >> seth: there are sounds -- the audience makes sounds when i go to the bathroom. that's about all you can say about the plot. [ laughter ] >> that's how i initially interpreted it. >> seth: yeah. >> no, it's really hard to promote because i kind of -- basically what i can tell you is that it is similar to "guess who's coming to dinner." >> seth: yeah. >> and i bring my black boyfriend home to meet my parents. those in the clip were not my parents. >> seth: right. >> just so you know. >> seth: right. >> that would be even weirder. that would be a shorter movie. >> seth: yeah. >> they announced themselves as being weird very quickly. >> seth: yeah. >> but, so i bring him home. they're liberal, nice. i figured it's not important to tell them he's black, and i think they're going to be fine with it. and then with time, they just seem to be doing things weirdly, like i predict that my dad say, "i would have voted for obama a third time." >> seth: right. >> and he sure does. he tells him right away that he would have voted for obama a third time. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah, pretty much everything in the first half
hour is sort of a play-off what you would expect from this awkward situation of -- >> yeah. >> seth: then the next 90 minutes is nothing you could expect. >> or talk about. >> seth: right, yeah, so there we go. [ light laughter ] we're gonna stop. >> based on that kind of moderately interesting premise, you're gonna have to take my word for it. yeah. >> seth: something i don't have to take your word for is how excited i am for the last season of "girls." we've talked about it before. i'm such a huge fan of the show. i'm so sad it's over. >> thank you. >> seth: you, of course, have finished it. we're sort of -- still have eight episodes left. >> i know, and i'm -- can i just say i'm very concerned about your wife? >> seth: yeah, she's a big "girls" fan. >> is she going to be okay? >> seth: probably not. >> i can just come over and sing without being invited or asked. >> seth: yeah, that would be great. [ light laughter ] >> if that would make her feel better. >> seth: i think the bummer is she'll say, like, "'girls' is over. what should we do?" and i'll say, "baseball is starting." and she'll be like, "that's not what i want." [ light laughter ] >> yeah, don't do that. you need to come up with something else. >> seth: better, yeah, something a little bit better. >> yeah, really. >> seth: so you know, obviously, the end of marnie's story. have you ever thought -- now that it's over, have you thought
where you saw marnie going once the show concluded? >> so i do -- i have a fantasy about it. i don't know how realistic it is, but i'm just gonna put it out into the universe now. >> seth: okay. i'm telling you right now, it's not realistic. >> yeah, i'm sure it isn't. >> seth: i could just tell by the preface -- >> it -- yeah. >> seth: it does not sound like a realistic -- >> i have thought about it, and i'm not leah dunham, and i don't have her brain. >> seth: yeah, gotcha. >> it's no gonna happen. >> seth: well, we're also talking about fictional characters, so right away. >> that's true. >> seth: yeah. >> however, they seem very real to me. >> seth: that's true. to me as well. >> so my dream for marnie is that she will, after realizing that she's simply incompatible with any man that she would date -- >> seth: uh-huh. >> will decide in a mutually kind of resignation but happy decision to marry elijah -- >> seth: great. >> played by andrew rannells, who -- elijah is gay. >> seth: very gay on the show. >> and the -- >> seth: the most gay you can be. >> the most gay you can be. he's a ten. [ light laughter ] the nice thing about that idea of their union is that they've
already tried to have sex. it did not work. >> seth: right. >> i'll just say that. >> seth: yeah, it's a very awkward sex scene. >> it was a very awkward sex scene. so they have that over with. and they don't need to explore that part of their relationship anymore. and they can kind of just exist in a house of, like, song and sass and snark. and they can have children that we kind of already know what they're gonna look like because we are just shades of different white people. >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] >> and -- and i also just think that they can do whatever they want outside of the marriage. >> seth: yeah. >> but as a committed couple, i think their mutual hatred and envy and love will keep them together. >> seth: hbo will pick up this show tomorrow. [ laughter ] >> i wish they would for alexi. >> seth: for alexi, thank you. >> if only for alexi. >> seth: if only for my wife. >> yeah. >> seth: thank you for being here. congratulations on the show. >> thank you. >> seth: congratulations on the movie. [ cheers and applause ] allison williams, everybody. "get out" opens in theaters everywhere tomorrow, and "girls" airs sunday nights on hbo. we'll be right back with paul scheer and rob huebel. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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>> you're scared. you've never been on camera. >> i'm terrified. [ light laughter ] >> seth: i want to ask you guys this, because we were talking back stage, you guys live in l.a. rob just had a baby. >> thank you, yes. >> seth: congratulations. paul, two young kids. >> yes. >> yeah. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: is it, is it great -- is it nice to be in new york city? is it nice to get a break? >> oh, can i take this? >> yeah, yeah, sure. >> i want to -- can i look into this camera right here? >> seth: yeah, go for it. >> it's my first time away from my wife and baby, i just want to say, i am not having fun in new york without you. [ light laughter ] >> and i want to tell my wife, i am not enjoying sleeping in, in the morning. it's terrible without you. >> i want to also say to my wife, i do not like seeing "hamilton" two nights in a row. [ laughter ] >> i hate getting drunk with my friends and hanging out without a care in the world. it sucks. [ laughter ] >> seth: that is very convincing and believable. >> we got to tell our wives that. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah. >> seth: have you -- this has started to happen to me a little bit. has the way you watched -- the kind of tv, you watched changed now that you're fathers? >> oh, yeah. big time.
i feel like right now i'm knee deep in like season eight of "paw patrol." >> seth: okay. [ laughter ] >> which is a great show. it's very much like "game of thrones." >> seth: gotcha. [ laughter ] >> it's about -- >> that's a kids' show, right? >> it's built as a kids' show, but there's a lot of adult stuff there. it's a rescue pup, you know, no job is too big, no pup is too small. [ laughter ] you know, it's -- it's heavy. i have to have the wikipedia page out to kind of keep track of all the characters. >> seth: lot of characters? yeah, yeah, yeah. >> oh, adventure bay, there's always something going on in adventure bay. [ laughter ] good thing ryder's there. [ laughter ] >> i only show my baby, myself on the tv. that's my thing. i will only -- i will dvr anything that i'm on, and i'll make her watch that. >> seth: oh, gotcha. >> yeah. >> seth: is that having an effect? >> it's a terrible idea. it's terrible -- she's terrified. >> seth: well, you're in a lot of adult stuff. >> i'm in a lot of risqué things. >> seth: i mean, i love you in "transparent," but i don't think that's for kids. >> it was a terrible idea. should not have had her watch it. >> seth: yeah, that's not for kids. >> that's where you're wrong. "transparent" should be for kids, too. you know, get them in early. >> yeah little kids. >> seth: just real little. >> brand-new babies. >> seth: so this show is about -- like ride sharing. >> yes. >> seth: okay, and -- >> we just thought that -- we're
big fans of -- of making people drive us places. >> seth: yeah. >> and -- and we just thought it would be a fun sketch comedy show to -- to do it in the back of an uber, basically. >> yeah, basically that's it. >> seth: and i -- you know, i told the story earlier this year of when i -- i took an uber to the hospital, my wife almost had the baby in the back of the uber. so is it sort of, stories like -- like those kind of -- everybody has a story. >> it's funny -- >> it's exactly like that. >> well, it's funny you mention that, 'cause we were kind of inspired by your story, and we actually have an episode about someone giving birth in the back of a cab. >> seth: i think we have a clip of that. let's take a look. >> please don't go into labor. >> i couldn't, because i'm not pregnant. [ screaming ] >> okay, oh my god, please -- please don't. oh, my god! oh, my god! did it come out? >> did what come out? >> is it crowning? >> look, sir, i'm just -- going to the hospital on a date. >> please don't mess up my seats, for real. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: you guys are also, sort of as a service to the drivers,
who do this for a living, you were looking to change the conversation because -- >> yes. >> yeah, and -- guys, you got to mix it up when you get into an uber or a lyft because they're so bored. you know, they get the same questions all the time. >> how long have you been driving for uber? >> who cares? >> yeah. >> so, we figure, you get in and ask them stuff like "hey, do you want to see a dead body?" [ laughter ] >> seth: gotcha. >> i'll left up my shirt and i'll be like, "is this eczema of a rash?" you know, simple stuff. [ laughter ] >> i'll whisper something creepy like, "do you think i'm a good kisser?" [ laughter ] >> "can i rehearse my one-man show?" and it's great. they're a great audience. >> a captive audience. >> yeah. [ light laughter ] >> seth: it's nice to have you guys here on a talk show, because you used to work on a talk show, that was on cnbc. >> oh, my god. >> seth: i was a guest. we knew each other from -- from improvising together. but, you worked on the "john mcenroe show" on cnbc. >> give it up. give it up. >> no, don't give it up! >> give it up. [ cheers and applause ] >> don't give it up! >> give it up. >> it's a talk show that no one should remember because, you shouldn't give a talk show position to a tennis star.
[ light laughter ] like, he's great at tennis. >> yeah. >> no doubt about it. >> not known for his comedy skills. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah. not known for doing monologue jokes. when he would come out there, he would bail on his own jokes. he'd be like, "you see the president -- nah, i'm not going to do that." >> i'm not doing that. >> like, what? you can't -- you didn't even -- >> seth: and you were writers! >> yeah, we would write -- we would write bits for him and then we would write funny characters for ourselves, and so we'd come out as like, you know, "i am a robot," and he's like, "that's not a robot. that's our writer rob." [ laughter ] >> guys, what are you -- you're killing us. but the audience -- the audience was so confused because, they would kidnap an audience. like they would come down to rockefeller center -- >> and they taped it out in new jersey somewhere. so they would -- >> seth: secaucus, right? >> yeah. >> yeah. so, they would bus people out there -- >> under the guise of free pizza. so people are coming to new york -- [ laughter ] "hey, you want some new york pizza? come on this bus." lock the doors, drive them to new jersey. like, unload them, like "what are we doing? why --" >> "you're going to watch this talk show." >> "why is there a tennis -- why is there a tennis star telling jokes? [ laughter ]
what is happening?" >> and occasionally, breaking out a guitar and just kind of like, playing guitar. like, the audience at home does not want to see you like, jamming. >> seth: hey, but look, the audience there got pizza. and i think that's the takeaway. [ laughter ] >> a lot of free pizza. >> seth: guys, it's so great to see you. always a pleasure. >> thank you so much, yeah. >> seth: thank you so much for being here. >> thanks for having us. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: paul scheer, rob huebel, everybody. "drive share," is available on go90.com, and through the go90 app. we'll be right back with more "late night." [ cheers and applause ] ♪ hey julie, i know today's critical, but i really...
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. if you don't mind, i want to take a second to mention some of the guests we have coming up on next week's show. >> hey, seth. aren't you forgetting something? [ light laughter ] >> seth: no, i don't think i am. >> are you sure? [ light laughter ] >> seth: yeah, i'm sure. >> so you mean to tell me thtat you're going to go this whole entire show without mentioning that tonight is the three-year anniversary of the talk show, "late night with seth myers"? come on, everybody! give it up! [ cheers and applause ] give it up for seth! [ cheers and applause ] come on! >> seth: thank you. that's very sweet. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] i -- i really appreciate it. i really appreciate it, but -- [ chanting ] but i was not going to bring that up. >> what? for real? you got to bring it up. remember, it's a talk show on nbc hosted by seth myers. >> seth: yeah, well i remember it. [ light laughter ]
i'm seth myers. it's my show. we're doing it right now. >> well, then, talk about it. you can show clips from the past. you could talk about your brave journey from the standing monologue to the sit down desk-o-log you do after you were diagnosed with polio. [ laughter ] >> seth: i don't have polio. >> then why don't you stand for the monologue? are you hiding a boner? >> seth: hey. [ laughter ] >> come on, man. everyone is at home ripping the hair out of their heads, screaming at the tv, "please talk about the three-year anniversary of "late night with seth myers!" >> seth: no one is doing that. look, i'm sorry, but i'm not going to talk about it. >> seth, you deserve some recognition for the three years of hard work. you know what i love? those "closer look" segments you do. >> seth: oh, well, thank you, man. >> yeah, i love that character you play in them. >> seth: character? [ light laughter ] >> yeah, you know, the rich whiny, liberal character. [ laughter ] the one with the high nasaly voice and [ bleep ]-eating grin. [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: i don't think that's true. >> oh, it's true. it's such a funny character.
the way he bitches and moans about donald trump when we all know he's obviously obsessed with him and wants to have sex with him. [ laughter ] >> seth: hey, hey, hey. hold on. i'm not playing a character. that's just me. >> oh, god. so you want to have sex with him? [ laughter ] >> seth: i don't want to have sex with him. >> then talk about the anniversary of "late night with seth meyers!" >> seth: look, i'm not going to devote the show to the three-year anniversary of my own show. >> come on, seth! i dressed up like you! [ light laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] yeah! >> seth: you think i look like that? >> everyone thinks you look like this. [ light laughter ] at least do something to honor the three-year anniversary. you know what you could do is you could bring out one of your old snl friends. >> seth: yeah, but i already do that on regular shows. >> yeah, no [ bleep ]. [ laughter ] you should call this show "snl dvd extras." [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: hey, look, i have to get on with the show, all right? >> seth, if you don't want to talk about it for me, then at least do it for my sick little brother.
[ audience aws ] >> seth: i'm sorry to hear about that. what does he have? [ sighs ] >> he's in the hospital. he's got a really bad fever. yeah, i guess you could say he's -- ya burnt! [ laughter ] >> seth: that's enough with you. >> why don't you mention the anniversary? >> seth: even if i did talk about the anniversary of the show -- >> uh-huh. >> seth: what would you even want me to say? >> i don't know, maybe something like this. ♪ [ clears throat ] >> february 24th, 2014, the dawn of a new age. the winter olympics are held in sochi, russia. the "robocop" remake hits the big screen. and the dashing and lovable donald sterling makes a hefty $2 billion off the sale of the los angeles clippers. [ light laughter ] but in studio 8g at 30 rockefeller center, a nervous seth meyers paces back and forth behind a blue curtain, waiting to walk out on stage and change
the world forever with his brave hard-hitting-edge satire with segments like "extreme dog shaming." [ light laughter ] but our story doesn't begin there. it begins april 1973 in evanston, illinois with larry meyers and hillary meyers, seth myers' parents after they decide to have raw, unprotected sex -- [ laughter ] after watching a particularly hot episode of "columbo." [ laughter ] >> seth: hey, man. how much longer is this going to take? [ light laughter ] >> we haven't even gotten to the part where scientology finds you a wife. [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: all right. you're right, but we're done here. thank you for a great three years, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] we'll be back with paul beatty. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ you totanobody's hurt, new car. but there will still be pain.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: our next guest is a "new york times" best selling author whose novel "the sellout," won the 2016 man booker prize. please welcome to the show paul beatty, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> seth: how are you? >> uh -- i'm all right. i'm good. >> seth: yeah, you're good? >> i think so. >> seth: all right, good. i promise this will be great. >> all right. [ laughter ] >> seth: so, i want to ask, this book is fantastic. >> thanks, man. >> seth: glowing reviews and so many of the reviews refer to it as a satire. >> yeah. >> seth: but i've heard that satire is not a word you love to have your book described as. >> yeah, i just kind of just write. you know, it's -- i'm not trying to be funny necessarily. it's just how i think, and i don't know, the satire comes with a -- that label comes with a big burden, you know, the mark twain kind of -- >> seth: sure. >> you have to be witty, you got to wear a seersucker suit all
the time, so it's just a -- [ laughter ] >> seth: and i think you're right, satire feels very considered -- >> yeah. >> seth: as opposed to funny, which seems very natural. >> yeah. >> seth: because you, obviously, you're fine with the book being funny, because -- >> absolutely. >> seth: yeah, and i would agree with you. i mean -- the funny parts to me were laugh out loud funny, as opposed to -- it strikes me and -- and i'll move on to the next thing. this is a book about race relations, and it seems like probably that issue is why people want to call the funny parts of it, "satire." >> like they're afraid to say what it's -- >> seth: maybe. >> yeah. >> seth: but you -- you've said that you feel like race relations, people don't want -- they only want to talk about it retrospectively, as opposed to contemporary. so, what do you mean by that? >> i don't know, i think, you know, i think about like "12 years a slave" and these other books and even visual art, it's always about stuff that's in the '50s, and the '60s or, you know, antebellum kind of things. and just nothing is contemporary about stuff that's kind of problematic, that's difficult, you know? and it's either funny.
i mean, it -- it's one of the things that i kind of liked about "moonlight." is it kind of just looked at these issues in a -- even though that's in flash back a little bit -- >> seth: sure. >> but you know, at least it's set in a modern contemporary setting, you know? >> seth: well, and i guess to some degree, when you see something like "12 years a slave," you're allowed as an audience to say, "well, thank god it's so improved." >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: but you write about obviously, in a very contemporary way that forces people to look at it, and i think judge it as being what it is. but the interesting thing is that you wrote it, you know, it came out in 2015. >> yeah. >> seth: i can only imagine how long it took you to write. >> yeah. >> seth: the perspective of it, has changed so much in a trump administration. has that been strange to you, how people -- >> nah, not really. it's interesting for me about like when things are timely, and when they aren't, and who they're timely for. and for me, it's just -- i'm just writing. it's my version of how i see life. and you know, it took me five years to write the book. and i think often it's not just writers of color, but when people write stuff that's difficult, i think people like -- it's easy to pretend like, you know, just -- can you say [ bleep ] on
television? >> seth: yeah, you can do it. [ laughter ] yeah, go for it. >> you know, i think like people just act like "oh, i saw the election and i just pressed this button and [ bleep ] this book out." >> seth: right, right. lll >> and then so -- but, no, it took a long time and it's -- [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah, no, i think that's very fair. [ cheers and applause ] it's not -- >> yeah. >> seth: having read it, i felt there was no [ bleep ] involved. >> good. >> seth: i felt like -- >> there is some bull[ bleep ] involved. >> seth: yeah, there's a little bull[ bleep ], but yeah. done very well. i want to ask, this i think, is a great service. you teach at colombia. >> i do. >> seth: and you teach writing. >> i do. >> seth: and on the first day, you told your students that you hate writing. >> those were the first words out of my mouth, the very first class i taught. and i had some students actually come up after me and go, "i can't -- you scared the [ bleep ] out of me." >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> you know, when you said that, but you know, it was the first time i'd taught, and i didn't know what to tell 'em but, that's as close to a truism
about writing for me that i have, and it's -- it's a difficult process, you know. it's hard. language is tough and, you know, using the right words is so important to me, and -- yeah, it's hard. you know, it's hard to put your thoughts on paper. it's really hard. >> seth: but i think that's, i mean, a nice -- that is a great piece of wisdom to give, you know, aspiring writers. is that this is going to be hard and that more often than not, and i feel this way too, you know, it's great to finish writing, but actual writing sucks. >> yeah, no. it's -- [ laughter ] there was a -- a friend of mine whose a very good writer and he puts these books out, like every two years he writes a great book. i don't know how he does it, but he -- he tells himself that he's a completionist, not a perfectionist. >> seth: uh-huh. >> which is fine but i just -- i labor. and yeah, i don't think it's easy for him, either, but -- >> seth: well, everybody has their own process.
and i will say, whatever your process is, it was very effective for this book. >> thank you, man. thanks. >> seth: i really enjoyed it, and congratulations on the accolades. and thanks for being here. >> thanks, man. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: also, everyone in the audience tonight is getting a copy of "the sellout" to take home with you. it's fantastic. we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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[ cheers and applause ] >> seth: my thanks to allison williams, paul scheer and rob huebel. paul beatty, everybody. andres forero. thank you for a fantastic week, 8g band. stay tuned for carson daly. see you tomorrow. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> carson: good evening and welcome to tonight's "last call" with me, carson daly. good to have you here. we got a good one tonight.